The Pedernal (Cerro Pedernal, elevation 9,866 ft) is the narrow, flat-topped mesa in the middle of the far distance. From where I stood in bitter cold to take this photo on February 23rd to the peak is 50 miles. Just imagine, no cities or suburbs between that peak and me. A boyhood dream come true, if I would only let it happen like it wants to. It seems so strange that I could be this old and still be talking about my life this way—compared to how I look at everybody else, that is, which is precisely what one must not do. I am unique, the quintessential Juan. Desire is the engine. Let us play.